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Jaleel Scott has always been the fastest kid in school. At Maplewood Elementary School in East Austin, he won the annual field day race each year. At Kealing Middle School, his explosiveness helped the football team win all but one game in a two-year span.

Now a rising sophomore at LBJ High School, Jaleel’s speed helped earn him a spot on the varsity football team as a freshman, and it helped propel the Jaguars’ varsity sprint relay team to a gold medal at the Class 5A Region IV race and a spot in the state track and field meet.

But even the fastest athletes need an extra push, and that’s what Jaleel’s father, Jackie Scott, has provided ever since his youngest son was able to crawl for a football on the other side of the crib. Jaleel has never been the biggest player on any of his teams in a variety of sports, but his father says no one will ever have bigger fight.

And Jackie Scott has helped ensure that his youngest son shows that fighting spirit, whether it’s competing against any of his three older brothers – who have all excelled in LBJ’s athletic program – or matching up against 17-and 18-year-olds in a varsity football game.

By pushing his son in both athletics and academics, Jackie Scott says he is only performing his duty as a father. Jackie Scott knows that Jaleel’s race doesn’t end in high school. In fact, says Jackie Scott, Jaleel’s race has only just begun. And Jaleel will have his father with him for every step.



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